This information is not just of relevance to America, it is of relevance to any country where the English language is being taught for reading and writing.
I urge any parents and carers interested in the literacy of their children to read this text, and/or to listen to the audio recording:
At a Loss for Words
How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers
https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/0 ... ch-reading